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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 to Friday, June 08, 2012

Event #15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $996,400
  • Entries: 212
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 8, 2012 2:07 PM Local Time

Allen Bari - 17th Place.

Allen Bari :    /      /  
Sven Arntzen :    /      /  

Arntzen brought it in with the   showing, Phil Ivey completed with an ace showing, and Bari raised with the  . Arntzen called, and Ivey mucked. Bari check-called bets on fourth and fifth street, and when Arntzen paired on sixth, he led out. Bari called.

Arntzen fired once more on seventh, and Bari called. Arntzen tabled     for sevens and deuces, and Bari unhappily mucked, leaving himself with only 20,000 chips.

He busted soon after to Brian Twete.

Sven Arntzen390,000116,500
Allen Bari0-125,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 1:59 PM Local Time
Jesse Martin   /      /  
Nikolai Yakovenko   /      /  

We caught up with the action on fourth street, where Martin bet out, and Yakovenko called. Martin led out again on fifth, Yakovenko called again, and then the two checked on sixth and seventh. Yakovenko tabled     for queens and fours.

"Just aces," Martin sighed. He held his hand for a little longer, then mucked.

Jesse Martin225,00075,000
Nikolai Yakovenko110,000-146,500
Friday, June 8, 2012 1:47 PM Local Time
Johnson:    /      /  
Yakovenko:    /      /  
Ziyard:    /      /  

Zimnan Ziyard was the bring in and Nikolai Yakovenko completed. Marco Johnson raised all in and both players called. Ziyard turned up the aggression, betting on fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh. Yakovenko called all the way to seventh, but then meekly peered down at his final card and tossed his hand away. Ziyard tabled the   for his high, kings full of jacks. Johnson showed the     for no low and was sent to the rail to collect $9,675 in tournament winnings.

Marco Johnson0-70,500
Friday, June 8, 2012 1:41 PM Local Time
Bari:    /      /  
Twete:    /      /  
Krapivinsky    /      /  

Brian Twete led the action from fourth street by betting then all the way through seventh. Both Allen Bari and Alexander Krapivinsky called all of the way down. Bari showed     which was enough to win the low, while Twete tabled two full houses, the better of which being jacks full of tens with    . Krapivinsky mucked his hand while the two players chopped up his chips.

Brian Twete270,000-14,500
Allen Bari125,000105,000
Alexander Krapivinsky88,000-58,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 1:36 PM Local Time

Eli Elezra (Day 2) - 19th Place

We missed the exact details of the hand, but can officially report that Eli Elezra, who won this event in 2007, has been eliminated in 19th place.

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Friday, June 8, 2012 1:29 PM Local Time
Nicholas Verkaik   /      /  
Phil Hellmuth   /      /  
Christopher George   /      /  

We reached the table on seventh street, and Verkaik was already all in. Hellmuth bet enough to put George all in, he called, and all three hands were opened.


Verkaik apparently made aces-up on seventh, because he was very excited. George won the other half of the pot with the only qualifying low, but had he pulled a spade on seventh, he would've scooped the whole thing.

Christopher George190,000107,500
Phil Hellmuth136,000-97,000
Nicholas Verkaik90,00025,500
Friday, June 8, 2012 1:25 PM Local Time

After doubling through Phil Ivey, Allen Bari was in a pot against Bryn Kenney. Bari's board was     , and Kenney's was     . Bari called a bet from Kenney on seventh street, and Kenney turned over two diamonds for a flush, and a three and a six for a sixty-five low.

"You hold the deck over me forever I guess," Bari sighed.

A few hands later, Ivey brought it in with the  . Bari completed with the  , Brian Twete called with the  , and Ivey called as well. On fourth street, the action checked to Bari who bet. Only Ivey called. On fifth, Bari check-raised all in, and Ivey quickly called.

Ivey   /    
Bari   /    

Ivey was dealt the   on sixth street, Bari the  , and Ivey immediately flipped over the   when it was dealt to him on seventh. Bari quickly squeezed his card, and was very happy to see that it was the  , giving him a winning flush.

Friday, June 8, 2012 1:03 PM Local Time

Table 445

1Jesse Martin
2John Monnette
3Marco Johnson
4Zimnan Ziyard
5Ben Yu
6Tuan Vo
7Nikolai Yakovenko

Table 451

1Alexander Krapivinsky
2Phil Ivey
3Allen Bari
5Sven Arntzen
6Brian Twete
8Bryn Kenney

Table 457

1Nicholas Verkaik
2Eli Elezra
3Phil Hellmuth
4Adam Friedman
7Christopher George
8Todd Brunson
Friday, June 8, 2012 12:38 PM Local Time

Can Hellmuth Finally Grab Number 12?

In a few moments cards will be in the air for Event 15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. Only 19 remain in contention from the original starting field of 212. Leading the way is Adam Friedman with a stack of 323,500.

Right on Friedman's heels is John Monnette, who already took down a bracelet this year in Event 10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud. Monnette is sitting on a stack of 314,500. Rounding out the top three in chips is Brian Twete with 284,500.

Yesterday's play began with 137 players, but since the field played a full ten levels, many were sent home with their dreams of winning a World Series of Poker bracelet dashed. Among those to bust yesterday and receive no cash for their efforts include Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Eugene Katchalov, David Benyamine, Doyle Brunson, and ESPN commentator Norman Chad. Andy Bloch, who also won a stud bracelet this WSOP in Event 7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud, was eliminated last night just after making the money.

Throughout all of the buzz in the Amazon room, there remains one name on everybody's lips: Phil. Whether it is eleven-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth or eight-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey depends on who you talk to. The two champions are coming into the field with almost equal stacks with Ivey sitting on 234,000 and Hellmuth on 233,000. Ivey skipped last year's WSOP and his last bracelet win occurred in 2010 when he defeated Bill Chen heads up in Event #37: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E..

Hellmuth, on the other hand, had a roller coaster of a year in 2011, finishing second in three separate bracelet events. Coming so close and not being able to clinch a twelfth bracelet no doubt had a harrowing effect on Hellmuth, and he will certainly be playing to win once again this year. Most notably from last year's WSOP, Hellmuth's final second place finish occurred when he lost heads up to Brian Rast in Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship.

As you watch today's exciting coverage, if you find yourself confused on the rules of Stud Eight or better, or simply need a refresher, be sure to check out our rules page.

We're moments away from the players hitting the felt, so be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the latest updates on the exciting conclusion to this bracelet event!